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Is anthrax a contagious disease?

Asked by C. Gray, Last updated: Nov 19, 2020

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K. Keturah

K. Keturah

K. Keturah
K. Keturah

Answered Apr 01, 2020

The correct answer to this question is No. Anthrax is more of an infectious disease than it is contagious. A contagious disease is any disease that can be obtained through direct contact. An example of a contagious disease is the cold, which can be caught through being around someone else who has a cold.

Instead, it is infectious because it is contracted through indirect contact with the animal who has it. For example, a person can eat meat that is contaminated and become infected with anthrax. The infection enters the body through spores, which is they way animals contact it.

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E. Reyes

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Answered Mar 22, 2020

When you consider the mode of transmission of the disease, then it is easy to say Anthrax is more of an infectious disease than being called a contagious disease. A contagious disease is any disease that can be contacted when you have direct contact with an infected animal, i.e., from person to person. The disease can be gotten when you have direct contact with an infected animal, mostly by eating contaminated meat. Anthrax is mostly contacted by livestock, e.g., cattle.

This usually occurs when an animal inhales spores produced by Anthrax. Anthrax is just the name of a disease being caused by a bacterium known as Bacillus anthracis. When anthrax spores manage to enter into the body an animal, it takes about six days before such an infected animal begins to show symptoms. By this time, the body of such an animal starts becoming very weak. There are so many symptoms of Anthrax, and they depend on the nature of the Anthrax.

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